Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

Ed Vaizey MP

Biography

Ed Vaizey MP was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries on 15 July 2014. Ed was first elected as the MP for Wantage in 2005. He was re-elected in 2010, and May 7 2015.

Education

Ed was educated at Merton College, Oxford.

Political career

He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010. He was Shadow Minister for the Arts from 2006 to 2010. In 2004 he became a political speech writer.

Career outside politics

After university he worked as a political researcher, before training and practising as a barrister. From 1996 to 2004 he was director of a public relations company.

Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

This role is shared between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Responsibilities for DCMS include:

  • digital economy strategy
  • cyber security
  • telecoms resilience
  • telecoms and digital infrastructure
  • culture
  • media
  • creative industries

Responsibilities for BIS - digital single market

Responsibilities jointly to BIS and DCMS (via Digital Economy Unit) include:

  • co-chair smart city forum
  • digital entrepreneurship (including work with Tech City and Tech Clusters)
  • future technologies (including internet of things (IoT) and Big Data policy development)
  • digital skills
  • tech and cyber business strategic relationship management

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

    • 2010 to 2014

Policies

  1. Arts and culture
  2. Media and creative industries
  3. Broadband investment
  4. Communications and telecomms
  5. Conservation of historic buildings and monuments
  6. Library services
  7. Museums and galleries
  8. National Lottery funding

Announcements

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  1. 40,000 UK businesses have their broadband boosted

    • Press release
  2. A world-leading cyber security industry to protect and promote our digital economy

    • Speech
  3. New £5000 Government grant for small businesses to boost cyber security

    • Press release
  4. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey at Develop:Brighton 2015 conference

    • Speech
  5. £10m Internet of Things competition for UK cities launched

    • Press release
  6. Culture Secretary reappoints two Commissioners of Historic England

    • News story
  7. Digital priorities for this Parliament

    • Speech
  8. Historic Logie Baird archive may leave UK

    • Press release
  9. Culture Secretary reappoints member of Treasure Valuation Committee

    • News story
  10. 25,000 small businesses get broadband boost from connection voucher scheme

    • News story